How to stick to budget on your home renovation project

Jan 22, 2020
According to a 2019 poll, 45 per cent of Canadians were looking to complete home renovations within the year, but the amount they want to spend on their project is down compared with previous years. 
The big question then becomes, how to get the work you want done within the budget you want to spend. 

Dan Seguin, Co-Founder of NeighborBuild, Ottawa’s trusted home renovation and remodelling team, has some tips. 




Educate yourself early

As you are working on developing your budget, before you start getting quotes, you have to get an understanding of the cost of materials and other items you will need for your project. 
“Some of the biggest variables, in terms of cost, are in your hands,” Seguin says. “Do your research on materials such as flooring, tiles and countertops, and big-ticket items such as cabinetry and appliances.”
Think about where you want to splurge and where you want to save
Be practical about where you want to spend your money. If you are replacing your flooring you could buy whatever is on sale, but you have to take into consideration everyday realities: are there pets or kids in the house? How does the material perform in a basement vs. first or second floors of a house? 
Your contractor should be able to help you get a sense of where it makes most sense to invest a bit more in terms of adding value to your home, and where you can afford to find a deal.
“For items that really matter, such as appliances and cabinetry that you want to last a long time, we suggest clients go for quality,” says Seguin. “However, when we are looking at the more cosmetic finishes of a project, we encourage clients to find a deal. Just as small extra expenses can add up, so too can savings. Every dollar matters.”
When getting quotes, ask for a detailed scope of work
Seguin says it’s not enough for homeowners to receive a quote with a simple daily rate. When talking to the company or contractor you are considering, make sure to tell them you want a detailed scope of work with a material allocations breakdown. 
This will not only allow you to compare the pricing with your expectations, but if things change you can easily work out how that will impact your budget. 
For instance, if the contractor includes the cost of flooring in the quote at $4 per square foot, but you find a better deal and decide to purchase it directly, you can quickly deduct that cost from the quote. If you make a flooring selection that is higher than what was quoted, you will know how much more to expect on your final bill. 
A material allocations breakdown is very important as some contractors may reduce the budget for materials in order to artificially deflate the overall project cost, when it comes time to make your selections you will find it difficult to play within the materials budget.
Communicate, communicate, communicate
Once you have selected your contractor and the renovation begins, make sure you are having regular discussions with the team completing the work. If they suggest adding pot lights to a room, and you hadn’t discussed it in advance, find out whether that will fall within the budget or if there will be an additional cost. Put this in writing so everyone remembers what was decided. 
If you change your mind and decide you want a gas line added to your kitchen, discuss what the associated cost will be both before and once the change is made. Again, put everything in writing so there is no confusion at the end of the project. 


Jan 22, 2020

As we get closer to The Ohio Home + Remodeling Show, which starts on Friday, Jan. 10, now is a great time to review the show schedule so that you can make the most of the three days that the show is on. On our website you can find the full Main Stage schedule, the many Show Features and a full list of exhibitors, but here are some tips for how to find what you’re looking for. 


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If you want tips for your outdoor projects … 

You’ve come to the right place! When you enter the show, inspiration awaits you as you walk through the Outdoor Oasis display by premier landscaper Peabody Landscape group and Hamilton Parker. And if you’re designing with the family in mind, you can’t miss the Recreations Outlets KidZone, where kids can whoosh down the slides, soar on the swings or jump to the sky for some good old-fashioned playground fun. 

 And throughout the weekend, Jason Bornhorst of Peabody Landscape Group will be on our Main Stage to feature several presentations of Outdoor Living: Tips & Trends for 2020 with Jason Bornhorst of Peabody Landscape Group. You can catch his presentation on Friday at 3 p.m.; Saturday at 4 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m.


If you’re looking for the latest design trends … 

Maybe you’re looking for inspiration on how to upgrade your kitchen, or maybe you’re just wanting to freshen up your home, but you’re not quite sure where to begin. These events and show features might help you figure out where to start. 

On the Main Stage, you can hear Cathy Polta from Kitchens. Inspired. present on Planning Your Appliances in Your Dream Kitchen on Saturday at 12 p.m. Then on Sunday, Michael Koludrovich of Array Design Studio will present on The Universal Design Method at 12, 2 and 4 p.m.

All weekend long, you can tour the He Shed She Shed exhibit and learn how to design and create your own shed oasis. Whether it's a nature-nest, writer's retreat, man cave or wine tasting room, He Shed, She Shed will spark ideas for creating any type of retreat space.

And, if you’re looking for odds and ends to help your home office, dining room or family space come alive, you can shop The Marketplace for unique home products and goods for purchase at the show!


If you want some DIY inspiration … 

Celebrity emcee Matt Fox will present on Great Weekend Projects throughout the weekend: Friday at 2 and 4:30 p.m.; Saturday at 11 a.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. 


Are you having trouble picturing the final result of a room remodel? Be sure to attend Before, During and After Remodeling with Bryce Jacob, CR, UDCP of J.S. Brown & Company on Saturday at 3 p.m. 


Local design experts and DIY bloggers will be sourcing and re-purposing any four-legged item in our Drab to Fab show feature. Check out their projects to help yourself visualize the potential of an old table, dresser or chair. And if you fall in love with a piece, you can bid on it in an auction to benefit Habitat for Humanity. 

For a Full Show Schedule see: HERE


Jan 22, 2020

The Ohio Home + Remodeling Show is all about finding the inspiration and advice you need to tackle your next design or renovation project. While you’re here, try your hand at leaving some inspiration for other people by adding some color and flair to the interactive Columbus cityscape mural, presented by the Greater Columbus Arts Council and created by local artist Bryan Christopher Moss. 

Inspired by the fact that inclusivity, caring, and a sense of place are important parts of life for Columbus residents and visitors, the piece that Bryan has created for the show reflects the Columbus city spirit of ‘If it’s not for all, it’s not for us.’

“I always go for something that's inviting, that brings people in,” said Moss. “I wanted to capture the feeling of excitement - so when people see the coloring page – and it’s just this black and white thing – they want to draw on it. And, I wanted to communicate that enthusiasm, support, and those good feelings. I didn’t want it to be intimidating.”

Bryan is a painter, muralist, illustrator, and educator from Columbus. Working as a professional artist for the past 20 years, he is an Art Makes Columbus featured artist and has been profiled in national publications such as Forbes Magazine. Moss teaches comics and illustration at Columbus College of Art and Design and the Columbus Museum of Art.


Artist Bryan Christopher Moss


You can follow Bryan Christopher Moss’ work on Instagram or through Art Makes Columbus  

You can visit the Coloring Wall at The Ohio Home + Remodeling Show all weekend long. Anyone is welcome to participate, and the project is active during all hours of the show.


Jan 22, 2020

If you had a TV in the early 2000s, you most likely remember Ty as the energetic carpenter from the hit show “Trading Spaces” and then as the charismatic host of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” who knew how to tug at your heartstrings through the level of care he put into each project. Now, he’s returned to TV to revive “Trading Spaces” as a carpenter and designer. 

 Ty will be visiting the Main Stage at The Ohio Home + Remodeling Show on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m with his Life to the Extreme - Ty Pennington presentation. Be sure to mark this on your calendar so you don’t miss the laughs and valuable advice he’s sure to share!


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Wallpaper: Love or Hate?

Ty: I think wallpaper has come a long way from the dated florals and borders that we saw in homes for the better part of the century. I also like how peel-and-stick options have become available so that you aren’t as committed to a look as you would be even if you painted it. Taking it a step further is the option to customize the wallpaper with your own designs, images, or photographs. So yes, I say love it. 


Best décor or home improvement app that folks don’t know about?

Ty: You can’t beat Houzz or Pinterest for getting the design inspiration, and if you want to verify resources for a project is a great place to start.


The best home purchase for under $100?

Ty: I don't know if it is one specific thing since every home could probably use $100 in different ways. I'd say to make sure that you spend the total amount on one room to revitalize it. Don't buy a bunch of pieces here and there and scatter the impact … focus and get one space at a time updated. 


Any simple tips for upgrading a small bathroom?

Ty: Storage is always the problem in any small space, so look to resources that can help you to maximize that part of the room. Boats, ships, and small apartments in Tokyo are great places to look for inspiration – seriously. They use space in the most efficient way out of necessity.


What are your best landscaping tips?

Ty: I like to design in odd numbers, so planting in threes (or fives) is the best advice I can give. And don’t be overambitious unless you’re going to actually have time to maintain it. Or a gardener. 


Q: Are you a fan of the Marie Kondo method? What’s your best organization hack?

Ty: Ideally, we’d all only keep things that ‘bring us joy’ as she advocates for, but in reality, my best organization hack is to rent another storage unit for all of the things I love to acquire and swap in and out of my spaces. Maybe I should start a real estate staging company so all of these amazing pieces get used - ha!


Favorite room in your home?

Ty: I have a room that is an entire room of doors that open up to the outside area and I really love how that merges indoor and outdoor living.


Any furniture thrifting tips?

Ty: Look for good bones. You can change the fabric or paint color of just about any piece you find if it has the structure or size you want.


What are your 2020 resolutions?

Ty: I know I’m the guy that is known for makeovers and hopefully feel-good stories, so I’ve been really focusing my efforts on doing that globally. I’ve got some projects that will “makeover” the coral reefs and oceans, and allow me to be a part of something bigger. At least that’s my goal – to have a positive global impact. Look, I know I'm in a really lucky position to have been given a platform and opportunity to reach a lot of people, and I take that seriously.  


What home trends are you loving? What styles do you think will emerge in the future?

Ty: I’ve always been drawn to Scandinavian and mid-century design. I like seeing how those have not only stood the test of time, but they’ve also morphed into a modern-day design without losing their aesthetic. Simple, functional, but always inviting.


What’s your favorite part about speaking at a home show?

Ty: Actually attending the home shows is amazing because I get to see what’s out there or coming onto the market. But speaking is great because, well, I love hearing people’s stories about their own DIY experience or how they were affected by or my ADHD.

Celebrity Q&A with Laura LeBoutillier of Garden Answer

Jan 21, 2020

We stopped Garden Answer’s Laura LeBoutillier before she heads on to the Main Stage at The Great Big Home + Garden Show and got her to share some landscaping tips, along with telling us about some of her favorite things! 

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What tool should every homeowner own? 
Laura: How about what tool every home gardener should own? In that case, I would say my most used and valuable tools are a battery-operated blower, FELCO hand pruners, and a Fiskars kangaroo pop up bag! 
Are you a plant mama, or is your green thumb lacking? 
Laura: I try my hardest to be the best plant mama I can be! ;) 
Tell us about your pets. 
Laura: We have two sweet orange cats. First off, we have Russell who is a 6-toed polydactyl we adopted from the humane society. He loves to follow us around and be involved with all our projects. You see him show up in the good majority of our videos at one point or another. And then there’s Cheddar- a stray who showed up in front of our greenhouse one day and we immediately fell in love with his sweet personality. He LOVES our son Benjamin and usually sleeps the day away on our guest bed. 
What’s your favorite paint color? 
Laura: Thunder Gray from Sherwin-Williams. 
What are your best landscaping tips? 
Laura: - Automate your water (run drip to everything)! 
- Choose workhorse plants (think Supertunia Vista Bubblegum, Limelight Hydrangeas, Denim n’ Lace Russian Sage, Rudbekia, Echinacea, Zinnias, etc…). 
- Fertilize!!! You get the very best performance when you are diligent with your fertilizer. 
What are you currently reading? 
Laura: Down the Garden Path by Beverly Nichols for probably the 100th time! 
Favorite room in your home? 
Laura: Our Great Room. It’s where we spend time with each other, work, play, entertain and unwind! 
What home trends are you loving? What styles do you think will emerge in the future? 
Laura: I love seeing the reemergence of blue as a staple color. I do think red will make its way back as well. :) 
Ready to learn more garden tips from Laura? She’ll be taking the Main Stage on Saturday, February 8th at Noon & 3:00 PM and Sunday, February 9th at Noon. Get your discounted show tickets today! 
On the web, Laura can be found at and on Instagram @gardenanswer and Twitter also @gardenanswer

Exhibitor Spotlight: Scraped Timber Co.

Jan 21, 2020
It’s always exciting to talk to business owners who are passionate about their products—and their family. TJ and Sharisse Turner from Scraped Timber Co. will be exhibitors at the 2020 Des Moines Home + Garden Show and they kindly gave us a glimpse into the inspiration behind their quality, hand-crafted wood furniture and what keeps them (and their family) going. 
TJ and Sharisse are a family of 6 as well as the proud owners of Scraped Timber Co., a family-owned and operated custom furniture business. They use wood-joinery techniques that allow friends and families to build memories around forever! 

Just as beautiful as the products they build to tell your story, is the story of what pushed them to finally pursue their dreams and the strength they aspire to everyday.

TJ and Sharisse Turner
What inspired you to start Scraped Timber Co.?
Years ago, we both felt inspired by God to start a woodworking business. Neither of us had any idea how to start a profitable business. We aren’t business people, and we certainly aren’t salespeople; So, we just, naturally, ignored our prompting and kept this passion a hobby for years. 
What finally got us going was our precious 2-year-old. She inspired us to pursue our dreams because life is too precious and fleeting to not do what we were born to do. She was nearly taken from us in a drowning incident. We are so relieved that she is healthy, alive, and happy today, and she continues to be our example and light. As the dust settled from this trauma, TJ and I felt so much love and gratitude for God, and the feeling came back into our hearts stronger than ever—that this business was what we were supposed to do. We owe it to God, and to our children to follow our daughter’s example. We have drawn on her strength many a time throughout the ebbs and flows of business (and we are just getting started). While watching our daughter fight for her life, she taught us how to be prepared, kind, brave, honest, strong, and heroic. These are the characteristics we want our children to maintain as they grow into adulthood, and these are the characteristics we focused on as we started our business. We pour our hearts into every aspect of this business to show our four precious children by example how to live a quality, hand-crafted life. 

Hence, our tagline, “Live a Quality, Hand-crafted life!” This business, and each piece of furniture we build, is built to encourage our children and every family we build for to maintain what character they already possess throughout all of their lives! And we never lose sight of the fact that this was built to show our love and appreciation to God for saving our little girl!

What makes your products unique?

Each piece of furniture we build moves from our family’s hearts and hands to yours. We aim to give family heirlooms; therefore, your furniture is built to last. TJ is currently apprenticing with a very knowledgeable, talented Master Carpenter located in Jefferson, IA, Robby Pederson. This apprenticeship has taken TJ’s work to the next level. He is learning joints, and wood working techniques that were present in 1800 wooden furniture. He builds furniture using antique hand tools that uniquely allows him to leave his artistry in every piece he creates. Each build is an original, one of a kind - allowing you to create the truly custom home of your dreams! Some popular items include heirloom boxes and hope chests that customers plan to hand down from generation to generation; please don’t feel like we are limited to these though. If you want it, he can build it! (tables, doors, benches, nightstands, headboards, etc.) We would love to talk to you more about the joints and techniques that make the furniture last, so please feel free to reach out!

What do you have in store for the 2020 Des Moines Home & Garden Show?

We are so excited to participate in the Des Moines Home & Garden Show! We have partnered with some of our favorite local businesses to provide AMAZING prizes for a Scavenger Hunt GIVEAWAY on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! Times and clues will be given through our Instagram stories. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and FB, @ScrapedTimber so you don’t miss the clues. Our family loves riddles, jokes, and games, so come enjoy this scavenger hunt game with us. See you there!

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Don’t forget to follow Scraped Timber to learn more and check out the giveaway!

Facebook - @ScrapedTimber

Instagram - @ScrapedTimber

Phone: 515-493-8270
The Des Moines Home + Garden Show is filling the Iowa Events Center with hundreds of trusted home experts, like Scraped Timber. Be sure to 

Jumpstart Your Growing Season

Jan 21, 2020

Can’t wait to see the innovative greenhouse Joel Karsten has created for the KC Remodel + Garden Show? The developer of the Straw Bale Gardening method shared a blog post with us outlining this project and how you can create one of these unique gardening spaces for less than $100. Read on below. Article by Joel Kartsen, photos by Tracy Walsh.

For northern gardeners, starting vegetable plants as early as possible is key to a productive and successful food garden, since sometimes it seems we only have about a three-week growing season! That might be a slight exaggeration, but certainly gardening in the north is challenging. One of the key advantages of the Straw Bale Gardening method is that early in the spring when the ground is still very cold, the bales are warm inside as they begin the conditioning process. This allows at minimum a one- to two-week head start if gardeners use the bales to plant warm-season crops. Other gardeners turn to starting seedlings a few weeks early in the house under artificial lights and this works fairly well but also comes with its own set of challenges. Damping off, spindly light-starved transplants, and difficulty maintaining the correct moisture and temperature can all make seed-starting indoors difficult. Outdoor options are better, with more light intensity, but can be expensive if a greenhouse is part of the plan. Less expensive plastic-covered houses can work very well but any year-round structure will need to carry a snow load and be heated in one manner or another.

Six-Week Greenhouse

This spring, consider setting up a 7’x8’6” six-week greenhouse. Placed in service about six weeks prior to your area’s average last frost date, this simple, inexpensive (less than $100) greenhouse will take an hour to build, and once it has completed its service as a greenhouse, the plastic cover is removed and the frame then serves as a trellis for vining vegetables like tomatoes and cucumbers. This tiny structure is heated by six to nine bales placed inside. As the bales are conditioned (using the simple process suggested for setting up a Straw Bale Garden), they get hot. Temps of 140°-155° are not unusual and this heat source provides enough heat when the sun sets to keep the greenhouse warm. The warm bales make exceptional benches to place seed trays inside and start up to 540 vegetable starts in this tiny space. Up to 15 seed trays with 36 per tray will provide plenty of bedding plants for an entire neighborhood!

The basic structure is two cattle panels that can be purchased from any farm supply store, inside a wood frame made of four 2’x4’s. The entire structure is then covered in plastic. In addition to the two cattle panels and four 2’x4’s, you will need a 10’x25’ roll of 4-mil poly plastic that can be purchased at any local hardware store; this will cover the entire roof and both ends. Lastly, you’ll need a staple gun and staples, a bag of zip ties, and a ZipWall® zipper. The zipper can usually be found in the paint section of a hardware store.

Six-Week Greenhouse

The cattle panels are set up inside of a wood frame measuring 7’x8.5’, and once in place, form two arches. The two panels are placed side by side and secured together with zip ties.

Six-Week Greenhouse

A thin piece of wood trim or PVC pipe is zip-tied to the ends of each fence panel arch, to be used as a tack strip. Cover the arch with some of the plastic, so the entire arch is covered from front to back, then staple the bottom of the plastic onto the surrounding wood frame and the ends to the tack strip.

Six-Week Greenhouse

End panels are stretched across the ends of the structure and stapled to the tack strips in the same manner. Apply a piece of wide PVC tape along the roof and end-wall seam to provide strength. Finally, a ZipWall® zipper with a sticky back adhesive is stuck to the end-wall panel. Following the zipper’s instructions, zip open and slit the plastic with the included tool. This creates a zipper door for easy access. This inexpensive greenhouse isn’t a year-round structure, but it’s very effective for early spring.

Six-Week Greenhouse

Once you reach a spring day where you are safe from any potential late-spring frost, remove the plastic off the structure and a few tomato, cucumber or squash can be planted into the bales that are inside the arch. These will quickly send vines up over the cattle panels and make a beautiful and functional garden for the summer.

For more greenhouse tips and tricks, visit the KC Remodel + Garden Show, happening January 31 – February 2 at the American Royal Center. We can’t wait to see you there!

Show Survival Guide

Jan 21, 2020

The Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show is back at U.S. Bank Stadium for its fourth year January 24-26, 2020. With celebrity guests, interactive features and the best tips and tricks – the show is guaranteed to be a great time. Whether you’re in the process of remodeling or just looking for inspiration, we’ve got you covered with hundreds of renovation experts who are ready to help. Get inspired, get started!

To help make sure you don’t miss a minute of fun at the Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show, check out our list of must-see features and start planning your visit. We can’t wait to see you at the show!

Stadium Welcome Sign

Main Stage: Sponsored by Slumberland Furniture, the stage is the place to hear informative presentations on remodeling, interior design and home improvement. Come for the budget saving tips and ideas from local speakers and national celebrities.

Sustain-able Alley: Learn about the latest in sustainable living and talk with experts about electric cars, renewable energy, recycled cabinets, organic fertilizers and a whole lot more.

Extreme Garages: Sponsored by Valley Craft, this feature will give you all the inspiration you need to create the best garage on your block!

Try a Trade sponsored by NARI of Minnesota: The Trades are where it’s at! Learn more about the industry and talk with experts about plumbing, roofing, tiling and landscaping. And don’t miss our Big Ideas area, where you can weld via virtual headgear!

City Studios: Learn clever and new ways to use space incorporating vertical wall planters, bold plant combinations, lavish textural accents, and cozy seating.

Food Truck Eatery: All that home remodeling talk can bring on some serious hunger, so treat yourself with Baldy’s BBQ and Russell’s Traveling Kitchen.

These are just a few of the fun and fantastic features at our Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show! Get started planning your trip by purchasing tickets now. If you buy your tickets online, you’ll receive a special discount, thanks to Core Exteriors your GAF Master Elite Roofer. See you there!

Exhibitor Spotlight: The CBD Store Birmingham

Jan 17, 2020

We chatted with Bj Autry of  The CBD store of Birmingham to see what they are bringing to the visitors at the Birmingham Home Show.


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Describe your products:

We develop and provide cutting- edge CBD products that utilize natural plant synergies; while fostering informed consumers who seek and demand transparency with the hope of regaining quality of life.



What are your featured items this season?

15% off of everything during the show, we will also have FREE SAMPLES of some of our most popular products!



What is your favorite part about the home show?

Having the opportunity to deliver the best possible products to our community and being able to answer questions for anyone wanting to know more about CBD.



Any additional company info you'd like to include? 

SunMed products have been sourced and developed with the highest quality industrial hemp-derived extract available on the market today. From extraction to finished goods, we combine third-party test facilities with our in-house Ph.D. scientists to track every step.


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Visit BJ in The CBD store of Birmingham booth #431 at this year’s Birmingham Home Show, February 14-16 at the BJCC.


Renovation Showdown: Where to Splurge, Where to Save

Jan 17, 2020

Home renovations are full of decisions. From design, to colours, to layout, to who to hire for your renovation! One of the top decisions to make before any walls go down is budget. Where to save, where to splurge? The great reno showdown.

When deciding where to splurge or where to save, start with your priorities. Know what you want out of your space, what areas or must-haves are the most important. Once you’ve set these priorities, then decide where you want to spend.

Splurge: Hard to Replace Items

There are several areas that are worth the splurge and should be thought of as an investment verses a spend. Things like an upgraded roof, windows, overall structural plans and exterior finishes. These are essential home elements, which you don’t want to have to replace in 10 years.


Save: Customizations

Help keep the budget in line by minimizing your customizations. Stick with standard sizes for things like doors, trim and bathtubs. Plus, over-customizing for a resale renovation can make it hard to recoup your costs depending on the neighbourhood.


Splurge: Energy Efficiency

Whether your renovation is for a forever home or resale, energy efficiency is something you want to consider investing in. Spend the money on quality, energy efficient heating/cooling systems and appliances. In the long run, your energy saving will pay for itself.


Save: Fixtures and Hardware

You don’t need to go totally on the cheap but, selecting top end fixtures and hardware can add up. There are great options for affordable costs to stay within your renovation budget. These items are something which can easily be replaced or upgraded down the road.


Splurge: Your Team

You get what you pay for. Choose the right experts and contractors for your renovation. Having a great team on your project can help you stay on budget by getting the job done right the first time.


Save: Old with New

Think of refurbishing items verses replacing. Items like wood floors can take on a new life with sanding and a new stain, kitchen cabinets can be updated with new cupboard doors and hardware.


Splurge: On Your Priority

Are you a gourmet chef who needs the ultimate kitchen? Are you a large family who could use a functioning mudroom to calm the chaos? Whatever that BIG priority is in on your list, it can be a reason to splurge.


Save: DIY Projects

If you are working with a contractor but feel you’re pretty handy yourself there may be some projects, you can take over to help curb costs. Some contractors are open to sharing the work with homeowners and can often prep a room for tiling or assist in the start of the room for you to finish.

2020 New Year’s Resolution: Resolve to Save Money This Year

Jan 17, 2020


It’s the start of a year AND a new decade, so if you’re one of the many consumers resolving to save more money in 2020 we’ve got tips from one of the fabulous frugalistas out there. Faye Prosser - best known as WRAL’s Smart Shopper - appears daily at the Raleigh Home Show January 24-26 at downtown’s Raleigh Convention Center.

Her workshops will guide guests through some of the most accessible and easy-to-implement habits to slash your bills and leave more money in the back. Here’s a sneak peek:

Learn the art of couponing. Smart shoppers know that using coupons wisely is the greatest money-saving technique to save on buying groceries. They know how, when and where to use those little pieces of "paper gold" and they know just where to find the best coupons for the products they prefer to buy. Their top tried-and-true savvy saving tip: their coupons are well-organized and accessible, so they don’t ever miss an unadvertised sale. Smart shoppers pay for a good portion of their groceries using coupons and save more than 50% off their weekly budgets each and every week.


Compare apples to apples. How do you know whether something is really a bargain just because it is on sale? By developing a Price Book, you are able to compare the price per unit of one size package to another. This allows you to compare the 200-ounce box of warehouse club bran cereal to the 20-ounce bag of the same type of cereal from the grocery store. Smart spenders know the surprising news that often the smaller container is less expensive per unit than the bulk container when used in conjunction with coupons and sales.


Gain leverage from sales flyers. By reviewing the sales flyers that stores issue every week, you can plan your weekly menu, decide where to shop, determine what to include on your grocery list, and choose the best money-saving coupons to use at the store. Smart spenders realize that the key to the greatest savings is purchasing the best sale items listed in the weekly flyers and then using coupons for those items.


Be a proud card-carrying member. Sign up for the frequent shopper rewards cards at the stores you shop. Without them, you won’t be offered the sale prices or special incentives and you may lose out on thousands of dollars in savings a year. Many stores will even mail great money-saving coupons to members throughout the year. Smart shoppers take advantage of the sale prices by using their rewards cards every time they shop.


Refuse to be overcharged. Many grocery stores carry 30,000 or more items. It is not hard to imagine that there may be a price mistake or two at the register. Before you leave the store, thoroughly review your receipt to make sure you weren’t overcharged. If you discover an overcharge, head straight to customer service and explain the error. Many stores have a price scan guarantee, which means that you will receive the entire cost you paid for the item and get to keep the product. Yes, this means you will take home the product for free! Smart spenders never leave the store without reviewing the receipt and requesting the price scan guarantee, when applicable.


Enjoy delayed gratification. Pay attention to rebates and cash back sites. You buy an item that offers a rebate or cash back refund, fill out the form exactly as required or scan the receipts and after a short delay, you get your money back. If you are thinking that it doesn’t sound so difficult, you are right! Surprisingly, many people don’t take advantage of the amazing rebates available for everything from beef to toothpaste to pasta. Smart spenders recognize that the savings opportunities are huge with the cash back sites.


Stick to your strategy and avoid the tactics. Do you smell the fresh cookies baking in the deli? Did you taste those free samples of cereal when you walked into the store? Welcome to the world of store tactics. Their job is to make money marketing the products they sell. Your job is to steer clear of the tactics and stick to your grocery list. Don’t be enticed by the sale signs when you know something isn’t a good deal. Don’t go to the store hungry and don’t impulse-shop (unless it’s a good unadvertised buy, of course!). Smart spenders come prepared to shop for the items that will save them the most money and they avoid the clever methods designed to persuade you to part with more of your paycheck than you should.


For more information and the schedule of Faye’s appearances at the show, please visit


You can find Faye and WRAL’s Smart Shopper on Facebook

Exhibitor Spotlight: Better Builders and Wright Outdoor Solutions

Jan 17, 2020

People are increasingly trying to find opportunities to spend more time outside and make their outdoor area an extension of their home. Lucky for you, we had the chance to chat with Demir Miljkovic of Better Builders, and Kim Rieber of Wright Outdoor Solutions (exhibitors at the 2020 Des Moines Home + Garden Show) about some of the trends they are seeing with outdoor living spaces. 


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What will be the main features at your booth this year?

We are incorporating a “she shed” in our design that will have attached rounded edge TimberTech deck. Our partners at Wright Outdoor Solutions are adding lots of floral colors and some beautiful modern pavers with a new twist on planter displays. We will also be trying to incorporate a water feature.

What are some of the trends you’re starting to see when it comes to outdoor living spaces?
Many of our clients are looking to extend their usable outdoor entertainment time by adding features like radiant outdoor heaters, audio and fireplaces. Some other trends that are emerging and will continue to draw interest in the next year are board bending techniques to create rounded edges, different width deck boards, basketball courts, and a lot of beautiful new product colors and designs. We've continued to build a lot of covered decks on houses that were built without them and have also found that glass railing is here to stay with additional manufacturers coming out with unique options. 
As Wright Outdoor Solutions and Better Builders have partnered together throughout the year, we have seen an increase in pool pavilions and pergolas. While the radiant heaters are great for the winter, the shelter from the sun in the summer months has also been a popular option. Additionally, adding full kitchens outside has continued to be a popular item for us by allowing our clients to stay in their entertainment area without having to go inside for cooking or refreshments. 
How can people extend their outdoor living time?
In one of our blog posts, we talked about how to enjoy your outdoor space in spite of the unpredictable four seasons that Iowa offers. We mentioned a few features above—covered deck, radiant outdoor heaters and outdoor kitchens.
Additionally, adding a firepit or fireplace along with tall evergreen plants for privacy and wind screen, can help make enjoying the outdoors more comfortable. While swimming pools are perfect for the warmer summer months, hot tubs can be used all year-round. 

Check them out!

For more information or to get some inspiration for your home, be sure to come to the 2020 Des Moines Home & Garden Show at the Iowa Events Center! It runs February 6—9, 2020, and you can get your tickets online or at the door! 
You can also learn more about Better Builders or Wright Outdoor Solutions by checking out their websites or following them on social media.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Upcycling

Jan 17, 2020

If you’re a fan of do-it-yourself (DIY) projects, you’re probably familiar with the term “upcycling.” It refers to the process of reutilizing and repurposing items you already own to create something artistic and useful. While Pinterest is full of upcycling inspiration, these tips will help you get started on manageable projects that are fun for the entire family!




1. Start small – Transforming those pallets of wood in your basement into reclaimed wooden furniture sounds like a fun (and impressive) beginning to your upcycling adventures, but often it can require considerable skill and technical know-how. Begin with something your kids can do, so you have the opportunity to hone your skills before embarking on a more formidable task.

2. Keep a tight budget – The whole purpose of upcycling is to recycle stuff you already own. Resist the urge to spend a lot of money on additional materials. For most projects you probably already have the items you’ll need. If you don’t t have everything, track your purchases and keep them to a minimum.

3. Make it a party – Easy upcycling undertakings are a great opportunity to bond with family, friends and neighbors. Identify an item a lot of people have but aren’t using and invite people over for a craft night.

At the end of the day, upcycling is all about finding beauty in the reuse of your possessions. Find more DIY tips and project ideas at the KC Remodel + Garden Show, January 31 – February 2 at the American Royal Center. Visit the DIY Station to tackle a craft with Leanne Lee, the Diva of DIY. Don’t miss out on the fun, get your tickets today.

Mike Rowe & the Downtown Raleigh Home Show’s Commitment to Skilled Trades

Jan 16, 2020

Some guests may have noticed a familiar face in the ads for the Raleigh Home Show - Mike Rowe, best known as the creator and host of Dirty Jobs. This ad campaign is all part of the show’s partnership with skilled-trade advocate Mike Rowe and the mikeroweWORKS Foundation.

The show has partnered with Mike and his foundation, the mikeroweWORKS Foundation to help bring attention to a challenge facing the home improvement industry: the widening skills gap and need for more students to pursue a career in skilled trades.

Mike wrote a popular article for Parade magazine on the topic he’s so passionate about, and below are some of the highlights:

Here’s the truth: The majority of jobs currently available today do NOT require a four-year degree — they require training. And many of these same jobs offer a salary that can grow much faster than vocations that require the assumption of a massive student loan. And yet, millions of students are systematically discouraged from pursuing these opportunities. Parents and guidance counselors still cling to the notion that anything short of a four-year degree will lead to some sort of vocational consolation prize.

This is the great, underlying fiction that’s allowed the skills gap to widen. It’s the reason vocational arts have vanished from high school, even as those same vocations now go begging. It’s the reason we now hold more than 1.3 trillion dollars in student loans. And it’s why we continue to lend money we don’t have to kids who can’t pay it back, educating them for jobs that no longer exist.

We have to stop elevating one form of education over all the others, and begin treating all jobs for what they truly are—opportunities.

There are several ways the show is helping put the spotlight on the Triangle’s skilled trades gap. First, Sunday, January 26, 2020 is Trade Day. Complimentary admission on Trade Day to those employed in a skilled trade, members of a trade organization, or students enrolled in a vocational school, with ID at the box office. Additionally, show vendors who are currently hiring will be display clearly marked signage detailing the jobs available.

Want to learn more about the mikeroweWORKS foundation and partnership with the show? Visit

The Skilled Trades, Mike Rowe and Career Opportunities in the Home Improvement Industry

Jan 16, 2020
Some guests may have noticed a familiar face in the ads for the North Atlanta Home Show - Mike Rowe, best known as the creator and host of Dirty Jobs. This ad campaign is all part of the show’s partnership with skilled-trade advocate Mike Rowe and the mikeroweWORKS Foundation.

The show has partnered with Mike and his foundation to help bring attention to a challenge facing the home improvement industry. Rowe is a passionate advocate for skilled trades careers such as carpentry, electrical, plumbing, remodeling, etc. Through his partnership with Marketplace Events, the largest presenter of home shows in North America, and his own nonprofit, mikeroweWORKS Foundation, Rowe is sounding the alarm about the current shortage of skilled workers and advocating for skilled trade education and careers. 

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The mikeroweWORKS Foundation was created to debunk myths and misconceptions about the skilled trades and help close the skills gap. The organization awards financial assistance to people being trained for skilled jobs through its’ Work Ethic Scholarship Program. Since its inception, the program has granted or helped facilitate grants of more than $5 million in assistance for vocational education.  
Could a Career in Skilled Labor or the Trades be Right for You?
Working in the home improvement industry offers numerous rewarding opportunities – both in job satisfaction and earning potential.  Are you good with your hands?  Are you a problem-solver?  Do you like working independently and finding solutions to problems?  Do you dream of owning your own business?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then a career in home improvement, home remodeling or construction might be a good fit and your visit to the North Atlanta Home Show could be the start of a new career.

Take a few moments as you enter the show to stop by the NARI Atlanta Booth.  The local professionals who are members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry would love to speak one-on-one with you about working in the home building and remodeling industries. They will have information at their booth about local educational opportunities, job apprenticeships and ideas about where your specific interests and talents could be used.

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The North Atlanta Home Show brings together nearly 200 trusted, local home improvement professionals under one roof.  They are they to talk to YOU, so ask questions and explore the opportunities in their fields. Ask them what do they find most rewarding or challenging about their jobs? What advice can they offer someone who is considering a career in the home improvement industry?  The North Atlanta Home Show offers numerous professional networking and fact-finding opportunities along with home improvement products and services all under one roof!
We can’t wait to see you at the North Atlanta Home Show!

“Test Drive the Trades” with ABC of Iowa

Jan 14, 2020
The Des Moines Home + Garden Show returns to the Iowa Events Center February 6-9, 2020 and this year’s show promises guests a lot of new feature, including Test Drive The Trades. What can you expect from this unique display? Here’s how the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Iowa, the talented group behind this initiative, explains it:
Talk of skilled workers, labor shortages and apprenticeships seem to be on the minds of political candidates and newscasters – but what does it all mean for Iowans? Our state is facing a workforce crisis as today’s employers struggle to find qualified candidates to fill thousands of positions. Nowhere is this need more acute than in construction and trades.
This is because for many years, a negative stigma has hovered over the trades. Parents believe the only way for their child to grow up and have a successful career is through a 4-year college degree.

However, many are awakening to the fact that “maybe not everyone is cut out for college,” should not be throw-off line and should instead be a rallying cry. Having a career in the trades shouldn’t be a backup plan – it should be THE plan.


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The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) have been asking parents and students alike to “Test Drive the Trades” and take a look at what a future career in the construction trades could actually mean. Students who pursue an education in the trades take on little to no debt and also earn money while they receive hands-on training. In 2018 alone, $1.6 billion was invested by ABC members nationwide in the area of workforce development. ABC of Iowa trained more than 1,400 apprentices last year, the largest construction apprenticeship-training program in Iowa.

The demand for skilled craft professionals is not going down anytime soon. ABC estimates 440,000 construction workers need to be hired this year to meet current construction backlog, which stands at 8.5 months. Last spring in Iowa, we tied Nebraska for the second lowest construction unemployment rate in the country at 2%.
Talk about starting off your career on the right foot.
Construction isn’t just a job. It is a good-paying career with limitless potential for growth through new skills, challenges, credentials, licenses, entrepreneurship and small business ownership. 
ABC of Iowa has training centers in Davenport, Hiawatha and Grimes, where we train in the areas of Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC, and Sheet Metal. 
ABC apprentices spend their days working, gaining hands on and real-world experience on the job site from their employer and then meet at our training center for class one night a week. These classes are taught by knowledgeable professionals who have a great deal of experience in their trades and enjoy teaching the next generation of skilled workers. Our classes offer lab opportunities which are an effective way to take what an apprentice learns from a book and give it real context and practice. 
Not only are students taught their trade but our curriculum puts a great deal of emphasis on jobsite safety. 
The construction industry is safer than ever thanks to improved technology, regulations and focus. A career as a craft professional is dignified and requires high skills. The industry is open and welcoming to everyone.
We hope to see you at our exhibit at the 2020 Des Moines Home + Garden Show. We will be bringing the ABC of Iowa Career Exploration Trailer, which uses virtual reality to showcase real world experiences in the trades. Take a spin through a virtual job site, check out live demonstrations, meet our education staff and employer members who will show you what a rewarding career in construction looks like. 


Jan 14, 2020

When it comes to plants, we turn to the experts to get the lowdown on all things green. Enter Emma Terrell, founder of The Urban Botanist! She’s the ultimate plant guru who knows a thing or two on how to get keep your house plants alive, thriving and healthy in your home.

What are the three most important things you should do to keep your house plants alive?
1) KNOW YOUR PLANTS! Understanding what species your plant is and what its light and watering requirements are is absolutely essential. Stop guessing and start googling, figure out what your plant actually is before you start trying to care for it. If you know your plant already, make sure that you’re following the care instructions correctly. Always be careful to not over water your plants, that is probably the number one killer of all house plants, overwatering!
2) Already have a good watering routine down? Fantastic! Another key point to keeping your plants happy is to check in on them everyday if you can, remove any dead plant debris, prune as necessary and ALWAYS check for pesky pests that can be hiding in the ridges of your leaves. Checking for pests is an essential preventative measure you can take to avoid outbreaks that can devastate your indoor plant family.
3) Talk to your plants 😊 Yes – I know it sounds crazy! But believe me, your plants can hear you. They feed off of your energy, and always give you energy back. Singing, touching, talking to your plants is a great way to relax and revitalize, to get back in touch with nature and to slow down your day even for a short while. Your plants will appreciate it more than you know.
Pets and plants. Some pets can kill house plants by chewing them or digging around in their pots and some plants can be poisonous to pets, how do you find a balance to keeping both alive in your home?
Some plants can be extremely poisonous to your fur babies, so if you have curious pets that like to chew on your plants make sure that you aren’t bringing home any potential toxic plants! Try using wall mounted planters like WallyGro or hanging baskets to keep your plants out of reach.
What are some of the big misconceptions about plant upkeep? Are they a lot of work?

I think that the reason why some people have trouble with their plants is a simple lack of understanding for them, or incorrect information being provided upon purchase. Plants that are being placed in the wrong growing conditions will always give you trouble, for example inadequate sunlight, high humidity or if you are over/underwatering your plants. I do not believe in black thumbs! Plants are easy to care for and will reward you graciously when their growing conditions are adhered to.

For a house plant rookie, what are some hearty plant options for starting out?
Some great starter plants for first timers would be some of the low maintenance plants, like Snake Plants or Peace Lillies, Dieffenbachia or ZZ Plants! These are all relatively easy to find and hard to kill! 
You hear of many home openers arranging plant sitters to keep their green loves alive when away. How long can you really leave a house plant alone?
Plant sitters are a great idea, I love that people are taking the extra steps to care for their green babies. There is nothing worse than coming home from a vacation to a house full of dead plants. Apart from hiring plant sitters, I would suggest giving your plant babies a good watering before taking off, a week should be fine in the winter as plants need less water during their dormant winter months. Some house plants can be left alone for weeks at a time, so if you are the type of person who is always on the road, you might want to look into keeping low maintenance plants like succulents, cacti, snake plants or zz’s which need little watering and attention!


There’s a growing trend to bring the greenery inside your home or office outside of the traditional potted house plants. What are some non-traditional options for homeowners?

Terrariums! A non-traditional but exceptional way to bring the outdoors inside. A terrarium is a snapshot of an ecosystem captured inside of a vessel. A living, growing, breathing mini environment that you can have on your coffee table. These are such a neat and beautiful way to interact and engage with nature in an urban setting, and we even offer workshops on how to make your own. Another non-traditional method that is becoming more on trend is green walls. We offer moss walls and live walls for commercial and residential spaces – if you really want to greenify your home – these options will not disappoint! 

See Emma, The Urban Botanist at the Ottawa Home and Remodelling Show. The Urban Botanist will be offering FREE air plant terrarium workshops throughout the show. She will also be hitting the HGTV Canada Main Stage on Thursday at 6:30pm and Saturday at 5:30pm.

Welcome to the Calgary Renovation Show: An Insider Look

Jan 13, 2020

As you ramp up and get excited to visit the Show and explore hundreds of exhibitors, we are here to give you everything you need to know to make the most of your experience! The Calgary Renovation Show at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park is happening from Friday, January 17 at 12:00pm to Sunday, January 19 at 6:00pm - be there, or you’ll be missing out!

Getting There

Find your way to the BMO Centre at Stampede Park (20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary, AB). If you’re bringing your car to pile in all the goodies you’ll find at the Show, you can park at Stampede Park for $15 per car (payable by cash, credit, or debit), or find a spot to park at any auxiliary lot surrounding Stampede Park. Check out the Calgary Stampede Visitor Parking Map for more details. For more info on directions and the best spots to park, check out

Check out the Main Stage, designed by Jamie Banfield Design

You won’t want to miss this year’s amazing presenters! Find the full Main Stage schedule right here, and plan out how you’ll fit in all of your favourites. Are you looking to spruce up your kitchen this season? Jamie Banfield has you covered with two different presentations all about how to achieve the designer kitchen you’ve always dreamed of, and kitchen hacks you’ve never heard before! Plus, enjoy informed presentations for each of our theme days from Two Queens Home, Woolrich Group Designed Renovations, and Green Calgary.

Everything from the presentation schedule to the exhibitor map can be found on the Calgary Renovation Show website. Don’t miss out on Main Stage guests and be sure to check out our many exciting show features.

3 Unique Theme Days

We can’t wait for you to see what’s in store for this year’s three different theme days.

  • On the opening day of the Calgary Renovation Show, find top tips and inspiration for "do-it-yourself" projects that will take your home to the next level.
  • On Saturday, January 18, find tips and tricks for everything Reno + Decor.
  • On our final day of the Calgary Renovation Show, find out how you can be more energy-savvy at home at Sustainability + Energy Conservation day.

Plus, check out top features Upcycle DIY, Inspiration: Reno + Décor, and Sustainable Solutions for design tips and inspiration from Two Queens Home, ANA Interiors, and Green Calgary!

In addition, this year we are honouring many amazing Calgarians by offering free admission to heroes, teachers, and trade workers. On Friday, January 17, all active or retired military and first responders are welcomed to the Show with valid ID presented at the box office. On Saturday, January 18, we invite all teachers to enjoy free admission to the Show by providing ID. On Sunday, January 19, all students actively studying trades or any trade professionals working in the home building and renovating industries will be celebrated with free admission by providing valid student ID, business card or employee ID at the box office.




Your Time at the Show

Be prepared to take your time enjoying the Show! You won’t want to miss out on all of the amazing vendors and presentations - we promise. Take a minute to sit back at some point in your visit and head to The Lounge, designed by Hella Design Studio. There you will find tasty snacks and enjoy a glass of wine in the beautifully designed space, perfect for recharging between your favourite booths. Once you’re ready to hit the Show floor, stop by for a 15-minute DIY Demo presented by SAIT. You’ll learn from some of Alberta’s best in the business and walk away with easy how-to fixes for your next renovation project.

Have you signed up for one of two hands-on workshops? Make your own ‘home’ sign with desire2inspire Designs on Friday evening, or make your own witty welcome mat with Make It Night on Saturday. All the details to get involved can be found here! Almost all vendors will be accepting all forms of payment - cash, card, apple watch! Or come armed with cash if you prefer. Get ready to shop and learn about the hottest trends to incorporate in your home this season!

We can’t wait to see you there!

Don’t have your tickets yet? Save $2 by purchasing your tickets online prior to the show. We want to know about your experience at the Show and what you think of all the amazing exhibitors, features, and presentations - share your best photos and videos of all your adventures throughout the Show! Be sure to tag us on Twitter and Instagram at @yychomeshows and don’t forget to use the hashtag #CRS20!

Exhibitor Spotlight: The Blind Broker, LLC

Jan 13, 2020

We're excited to welcome The Blind Broker, LLC to the 2020 Johnson County Home + Garden Show. The home and garden event of the season returns to the Overland Park Convention Center February 21-23, and guests should be sure to visit The Blind Broker, LLC in Booth #1303. But first, enjoy our brief interview with Blind Broker representative Joey Ford.

The Blind Broker, LLC

Please describe your products and services.

"The Blind Broker provides free in-home window fashions design consultations and professional installation of a complete line of custom window fashions, including faux and real wood blinds, composite and real wood shutters, shades including motorized options and drapery."

What are your best home or garden tips for the season?

"Consider not only the look of window fashions from inside your home but also from the street. We can add amazing curb appeal as well as a warm and welcoming feel."

What are your featured items this season?

"The Blind Broker is offering the cordless upgrade at no charge on all of our shades - cellular, roller/solar, natural and Roman shades."

The Blind Broker, LLC

What's your favorite part about the Johnson County Home + Garden Show?

"We always enjoy meeting all the people working on various projects with different needs and discussing possible solutions. We also enjoy meeting the other vendors and look forward to catching up with them year after year."

Is there anything else you think folks should know about your business?

"We would love to have you visit our showroom at 5440 Martway in Mission to see even more of our beautiful options. No appointment necessary. M-F 9-5; Sat 10-5."

The Johnson County Home + Garden Show is your source for home experts, like The Blind Broker, LLC. Join us February 21-23 at the Overland Park Convention Center and find everything you need to refresh your space. Get your tickets today.

Designer tips of the Decade

Jan 13, 2020

The 2010s have been quite the decade when it comes to home decor and design. From hygge to minimalism to maximalism and everything in between - what styles should we keep and what should be leave behind? We chatted with Vancouver’s Jamie Banfield ahead of the 2020 Edmonton Renovation Show to get his take on how best to welcome the new decade into our homes. Read on for some of the best design tips Jamie has learned in the last 10 years (or so!).

Jamie’s three renovation tips homeowners need to know going into the next decade:

  1. “Have a system, plan and process. This is so important to the success of any project from baking a cake, hosting a dinner party to renovating a kitchen. Even if the space is a DIY project, build a plan, put the time in to plan (typically double the project itself) and gather information to create a budget, schedule and process.”
  2. “Scale! Scaling is such a fundamental aspect of design. Let’s say you’re selecting an area rug or a piece of art or a decorative light fixture; make sure the scale works well for the space. My tip? Typically going once size larger. Usually works out better!”
  3. “Do not cheap out on labour. A master installer of cabinetry, countertop or just even baseboards and trim can make an inexpensive product look like a million dollars. Less than average craftsmanship can take something expensive and make the end result look cheap, and just an eye sore… If you are a DIY’er know your strengths and play of those.”  

Trends Jamie thinks should STAY in the past:

  1. “Feature painted walls. The day of needing a feature wall in the dining room, or bedroom is gone. We are seeing a trend of painting the whole dining room a dramatic colour, or the ceiling to compliment. We are seeing bedroom headboard walls taking shape as feature walls with wallpapers, millwork and detailed mouldings to create a tactile feature not just a wall painted to contrast the overall space.”
  2. “Shag carpet. Shag carpet, we have seen this trend come in a few times over the years and it has not lasted. If we are playing with carpet, we are seeing a plush cut pile version instead of the Shaggy long strands of carpet.”
  3. Themed spaces: Spaces such as living rooms, bedrooms should have a feel of a curated space layered with objects that make the homeowners happy. Possibly travels, family hand me downs and just items that mean something. Instead of theming the whole room around puppies or golfers we are seeing little hits of those items curated and placed with other objects that mean something to the homeowner. When laying décor think of three things the colour blocking, negative to positive space and the overall texture of the items gathering together.

 Jamie’s tips on keeping your home lasting for years to come:

  1. “Function, Function, Function! When purchasing a condo or renovating a home the function and space planning will keep a space fresh and lasting or dated. Put the extra time in to planning for the function of you and your lifestyle. Forget the emotion of “this is how I have always had it” or “falling in love with materials/styles.””
  2. “Don’t be afraid of personality. Know where to add that punch of personality and colour. When we look at a project we look at “committal” and “noncommittal” personality. Items such as faucets, decorative lighting, paint, area rugs and art are non-committal and at times the best ways to layer in personality and items that might be trendy. Flooring, tiles, countertop, cabinetry and appliances are committal pieces, ones that can add up in cost and be a lot more labour intensive to change over time. Add trendy personality in non-committal ways as these can be switched out very easy.”
  3. “Lighting. Lighting the space correctly is so important these days, with  advance in LED we are seeing spaces being over lit or the colour temperature not correctly installed in spaces. When renovating any space think about the lighting just like you would selection flooring of your countertop. Put the time in to understanding what you are installing and what the impact of the other finishes and items you have selected.

 We can’t wait to continue to help homeowners tackle all of their home improvement projects for the next 10 years and beyond. Head over to the Edmonton Expo Centre January 24-26 to meet with industry experts like Jamie Banfield, A&E’s Holly Baker of Vacation Rental Potential and master DIYer Christina Dennis as well as over 225 exhibitors ready to lend a hand for the projects you’ve been itching to start and finish. The Edmonton Renovation Show is a must-attend for any Edmonton homeowner. We can’t wait to see you there!

Marketplace Events Acquires Cincinnati Home & Garden Show

by Joanne Carry | May 17, 2017
CLEVELAND, Ohio – May 18, 2017 – Marketplace Events, the largest producer of home and garden events in North America, announced today that it has acquired the Cincinnati Home & Garden Show from Hart Productions of Cincinnati, OH. Hart Productions will continue to operate six other annual events in the Greater Cincinnati market including shows in the holiday, boat, adventure sports, golf, baby, children and family industries.
CLEVELAND, Ohio – May 18, 2017 – Marketplace Events, the largest producer of home and garden events in North America, announced today that it has acquired the Cincinnati Home & Garden Show from Hart Productions of Cincinnati, OH. Hart Productions will continue to operate six other annual events in the Greater Cincinnati market including shows in the holiday, boat, adventure sports, golf, baby, children and family industries.  

The Cincinnati Home & Garden Show is the largest single-show acquisition made by Marketplace Events to date. “We are thrilled to add a show of this size and quality to our portfolio,” explained CEO Tom Baugh. “I’ve been friends for decades with the Harts, so it is a special honor for me to know Marketplace Events is assuming stewardship of one of the finest home and garden shows in North America. Hart Productions maintains a stellar reputation in the Cincinnati market, and we look forward to building upon that strong foundation in growing the show.”  

“We are pleased to turn this show over to the very capable team at Marketplace Events,” said Vicki Hart, CEO of Hart Productions. “Their resources and deep industry experience, especially in the area of marketing, will ensure this show continues to thrive in the future.”

Toni Garbo will serve as Show Manager on the Cincinnati show for Marketplace Events. Garbo joins the company after spending 24 years at WJW FOX 8 in Cleveland where she served as Managing Editor for 17 years. Marketplace Events also has a partnership with Cincinnati-based Scripps Digital, who provides digital expertise to support all 58 Marketplace shows and also supports exhibitors directly through the company’s Marketing Solutions division.  

The acquisition brings the Marketplace Events portfolio to 58 shows in 26 markets. This is the 14th show acquired by the company since February of last year when Marketplace Events was purchased by Sentinel Capital Partners.

Media Contact: 
Lisa Kropf, COO -, 888-248-9751 x109